If there’s one game in particular that’s caught my attention this year, it’s Magnus Games’ Re:Legend. The game is described as a monster raising focused RPG with features such as farming, fishing, crafting, village building and multiplayer elements. Does that not just grab your ears and force you to pay attention? Exactly! Games nowadays tend to follow a very specific path and with single-player games allegedly dying out (BS if you ask me), it takes something very unique to truly pique one’s interest.
In Re:Legend, players find themselves washed ashore on Vokka Island without memories, you start a new life and find ways to recover your past. However, you must first learn how to live on the island by cultivating the land, befriending villagers, expanding the village and raising your very own magical creatures known as Magnus. Players will venture around the land of Ethia where Vokka island resides to reclaim their memories, but this is no easy task as the world is filled with dangerous Magnus and threatening challenges.
Inspired by the likes of Rune Factory, Digimon World, Fantasy Life and Monster Rancher series, it’s clear that Magnus Games have a very straightforward vision as to what they aim to accomplish. The aforementioned Magnus creatures roam the land of Ethia, and every single one of them is tamable. They will aid you in many ways such as during combat, farming, fishing, traveling and more. They will also grow and evolve depending on your care, so each of them has unique evolution conditions.
Once the Magnus has grown enough and you have gained their trust, you can mount them and use their abilities at will. These abilities will be helpful in your adventure in many ways, lending the game a great deal of diversity. Throw in the fact that Re:Legend can either be played alone or with other players and there’s certainly a lot to look forward to. Despite the developers stating that they drew inspiration from the above titles, the vibe of Re:Legend (to me at least) comes across very Zelda, Animal Crossing and Pokemon.
That, of course, is a compliment – hopefully the game plays as exciting as it sounds. Speaking of gameplay, there are plenty of activities that you can experience with your friends. One example would be farming, where you can split the workload between the players and everyone could master a specific part of the job. Different Magnus are better at different jobs, so each of the player can choose a different Magnus suited for different parts of farming. This again makes Re:Legend sound very ambitious.
If having Magnus do your chores seems too cruel, you can always do it the traditional way by farming manually. Though, having friends will speed up the progress significantly. Mercifully, most of the features in the game are built around multiplayer (up to four players) so you will able to enjoy your friend’s company throughout the game. The depth of Re:Legend goes way deeper than that, not only from a gameplay perspective, but for each of the seemingly in-depth mechanics, too.
Farming, for example, can be utilized on land or underwater thanks to some diverse crop cultivation. The game will come with several different species of plants that can be produced all year round, season-depending. Crops can then be traded in for gold or can be used for progression. Magnus also state that fish caught through fishing can be kept and then breed, allowing them to swim freely in and around your farm. These are just two of the elements that go towards building those all important life skills.
Life skills will be granted through natural progression so long as you practice them frequently. They level-up passively as you carry out the activities so it is crucial to practice the skill that you want to master as much as you can. This includes; Mining, Fishing, Logging, Cooking, Crafting, Farming, Weaponry and much more. These come in handy during your adventure to obtain your lost memories, which can be obtained via “fragments” that have been scattered all over the land that you will inhabit.
You will find more leads about your memories as you start to develop Vokka Village further throughout the game. People in the village will lend you a hand in uncovering your identity during your adventure so it will pay off to take your time to expand the village. Beside your memories, there’s also more to discover as you explore the world. Exciting stuff, am I right or am I right? The pillar of all of this, the very roots that holds all of this together? Well, that would be your very own village, of course.
Vokka Village, as alluded to above, is where your new life begins. This is a place in which you’re able to befriend local villagers and celebrate exciting festivals while having a good time together. Pay attention to their needs and help them out in their daily lives, and they will reward you accordingly. You can recruit more villagers into the village during your adventure, and having more villagers will expand the village. This will allow you to gain access to better resources. There may even be romance on the cards, according to Magnus.
Re:Legend all sounds so peaceful, but don’t be fooled into that false sense of security. While Vokka Island is a relaxing place, the outside world is definitely not! There are different regions around Vokka Island (five planned for launch) and each is a dangerous area filled with wild Magnus. It is always a wise choice to bring along your trusted Magnus before heading out. Each region will house its own unique ecosystem and Magnus, the latter arriving with different strengths and abilities per-region.
The game is said to support voice acting, shops, character and house customization, legendary Magnus, quests, collectibles, Magnus breeding, weapon classes and more, all on top of everything outlined above. We’ve linked in the trailer at the head of this page if you’ve yet to see this in action and believe me, it’s well worth a peek. Re:Legend shows a massive amount of promise. It’s deep, it’s interesting and it looks utterly exciting thanks to its many intriguing gameplay mechanics and additions.
It goes without saying that Re:Legend has more than enough going for it, so much so that we could be looking at the birth of a new long-lived franchise. Having absolutely smashed its Kickstarter goal – and sub-goals – raising a total of $630,700, it’s safe to say that there’s a great deal of interest here, and why not? It sounds absolutely jaw-dropping. Re:Legend is set to arrive on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime this year, though a solid release date has yet to be served up. We can hardly wait!